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Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be a great place to catch boys' basketball this upcoming winter.Spartans athletic director Justin Franzen on Friday announced both matchups for the 2019 Toyota of Danville Classic — formerly the Leader Classic — and the field for the 2020 Christie Clinic SJ-O Shootout.

PONTIAC — Sean Houpt’s basketball career at Danville ended at the hands of E.J. Liddell and his Belleville West teammates in a Class 4A sectional title game loss in March.Now, Houpt and Liddell will be teammates at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 8 in Pontiac.

CHAMPAIGN — Philip Coulter had one message to deliver after Sunday's Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star Game at Dodds Athletic Center.Although the Judah Christian senior couldn't help but laugh after getting the words out of his mouth."My boy Riley Morris, he still can't hang with me. Make sure that's in the paper," Coulter said. "Riley Morris can't hang with me."